Run time: 87 mins
In Theaters: Tuesday 13th March 2001
Distributed by: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Production compaines: Newmarket Capital Group, Original Film, Columbia TriStar Television
Contactmusic.com: 2 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 18%
Fresh: 2 Rotten: 9
IMDB: 4.3 / 10
Director: Roger Kumble
Producer: Heather Zeegen
Screenwriter: Roger Kumble
Starring: Robin Dunne as Sebastian Valmont, Sarah Thompson as Danielle Sherman, Amy Adams as Kathryn Merteuil, Barry Flatman as Headmaster Sherman, Mimi Rogers as Tiffany Merteuil, Barclay Hope as Mr. Felder, Tane McClure as Bunny Claymon, Teresa Hill as Lilly, Keri Lynn Pratt as Cherie Claymon, David McIlwraith as Edward Valmont, Jonathan Potts as Assistant Headmaster Steve Muller
So what do you do with all that footage? Release it as a movie!
It's easy to see why they cancelled the show. Cruel Intentions 2 is not good. I thought the original was a snarky, guilty pleasure, but the second coming is barely even fit for UPN. Supplementing a pilot episode with some extra profanity, more sexual innuendo, and a pair of nude twins in a shower, you quickly learn that replacement stars Amy Adams, Robin Dunne, and Sarah Thompson are not equal to Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, and Reese Witherspoon from the original. Though the plot is virtually identical to Cruel Intentions (notable exception: Sebastian (Dunne) is legitimately trying to straighten up from his naughty ways), there's not much here to make you think Manchester Prep had been intended as a drama instead of a comedy.
Painfully miscast is Amy Adams (the slut cheerleader from Drop Dead Gorgeous), who has none of the grace and style of Gellar in the role of Kathryn. She's laughable whenever she's on screen, and as the leading role, that's most of the time. Dunne and Thompson (as the goody-goody girl he's after this time) are just fine, but they hardly make up the difference. And oddly enough, Roger Kumble wrote and directed this follow-up as well as the original. It's amazing he couldn't have come up with something a little more compelling.
Aka Cruel Intentions II.